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I do see a lot of patients who are walking into an IVF clinic for the first time; however, I also see patients who have attempted to do IVF at another clinic and have been unsuccessful in having a baby. It’s not surprising that these patients are extremely dejected as they aren’t sure about what they should be doing next. They are at our clinic for a second opinion and are seeking expert guidance.
Once of the very first things I ask them is to show me the photos of their embryos. Many of my patients look surprised and I get diverse answers from them, such as:
It’s crucial that as a matter of routine, IVF clinics should document & provide their patients photos of the embryos they make for them. An embryo is the only tangible that a clinic can deliver and the fact is that a good clinic will make good quality embryos. Once the embryo has been transferred into the uterus, it isn’t in the doctor’s hands whether implantation of that embryo is successful or not.
Why it’s important to have photos of your embryos
The one thing that a good IVF clinic can definitely do is make good quality embryos. Some of the patients tell me that their doctors told them their embryos were very good and that they trusted their doctor. Sure, it’s important that you trust your doctor and our patients trust us too. However, we give our patients photos of their embryos- this is good, not just for us but for them as well. Take a look at how:
If there are no photos, other doctors (as well as the patient herself) will wonder about whether the lab is competent enough or not and whether they are hiding something. Even if the quality of the embryos is poor, it should be documented. This way, the doctor would be able to tweak the protocol in the next cycle which will improve the chances of IVF success for that patient.
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